Gluten Free Clean Candy Bars

Gluten Free Clean Eating Candy Bars Recipe

 

Our commitment to cleaner eating continues. When you start paying attention to what you eat it can be a little shocking. For instance, I keep a little bowl filled with mini candy bars for my father, he is 89 years old and enjoys them so, what the heck, I always have them for him. What I did not realize is that I had been habitually, obliviously popping 2 or 3 into my mouth every day.

I seriously hate unconscious eating. If I am going to eat a candy bar then I want to enjoy a candy bar!

Traditional candy bars don’t quite go with our new clean eating plan but cravings do! I have been craving thick, fatty cuts of beef, whipped potatoes drenched in melted butter, salty sausages, sugar, and chocolate.

Most of the stuff I have been craving I shouldn’t have but hey, chocolate is not too bad, right? Especially dark chocolate – in fact it is even good for you!

So I made us some “candy bars” free of refined sugar, dairy, nuts (thanks to seeds and Sunbutter), and of course gluten – Clean Bars if you will. They may not be the same as eating a Snickers Bar but they go a long way towards quelling that chocolate craving and keeping us on track.

Conscious eating is so much more rewarding than the unconscious type, don’t you agree?

Gluten Free Clean Candy Bars

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Gluten Free Clean Candy Bars
Gluten Free Clean Eating Candy Bars Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 3 mins
Total Time
6 hrs 13 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 278 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • 1 cup roasted pumpkin seeds with or without salt
  • cups pitted Medjool dates chopped
  • ½ cup Organic Unsweetened Sunbutter
  • ¼ cup honey for vegan use agave or maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • ½ unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chopped
  • 2 tablespoons organic non-hydrogenated all vegetable shortening or coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Line a 12 by 9 inch lasagna or baking dish with a piece of parchment paper large enough to overhang the edges.
  2. Place the pumpkin seeds in a food processor and pulse in long pulses until ground. Add the dates, Sunbutter, honey, coconut flour, and coconut flakes and process until the mixture forms a dough. Press firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm, 5 hours or overnight.
  3. Combine the chocolate and shortening in a heat proof bowl and microwave until the chocolate is almost completely melted, 2- 3 minutes. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and shiny. Pour over the firmed dough and spread into an even layer. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 1 hour.
  4. Remove the mixture from the pan using the parchment to help you. Cut into 16 rectangles, 2 by 1½ inches. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Clean Eating Candy Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Potassium 279mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 17g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 17.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Bars Candy Chocolate Coconut Corn Free Dairy Free Dates Healthy Optionally Vegan Pumpkin Seeds SunButter
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  1. April 9, 2013

    Carol – these candy bars sound scrumptious! Homemade is always better…yum!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      April 10, 2013

      Thanks Ina!

  2. April 9, 2013

    Yum Carol! I love a clean-eating chocolate bar. I’m going to test these out on my kiddies and send the recipe to my Mom. She and my Dad will love it!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      April 10, 2013

      Thanks Maggie. That is so great that your Mom & Dad would love these. As yummy as these are I can’t imagine my Snickers Bar eating 89 year old Dad ever saying he “loves them” :) oh well!

  3. April 10, 2013

    These look amazing and I’m 100% (okay, 90%, it’s that red wine thing) into clean eating. What a beautiful photo. I’ve been stuck at home with this Colorado, spring snowstorm and I know just what I’m going to be doing today. I have all these ingredients. Thank you for the inspiration!!
    Melissa
    xo

    1. Carol Kicinski
      April 10, 2013

      Hi Melissa! A little red wine never hurt anyone! Hope the snow storm passes and in the meantime, enjoy being all cozy inside.
      xo,
      C

  4. Sarah
    April 14, 2013

    Yummy! I will definitely be making these!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      April 15, 2013

      Oh shoot! I should have saved some for you. These are right up your alley!

  5. April 22, 2013

    This is a great recipe! My husband loves milk chocolate and I will try substituting it with milk chocolate! Thanks for the recipe :)

    1. Carol Kicinski
      April 22, 2013

      My pleasure, enjoy!

  6. Jen
    May 13, 2013

    I made these today – OMG they are DIVINE!!! A big thumbs up from my Hubby too!!! Thank you! x

    1. Carol Kicinski
      May 14, 2013

      YAY! I am so happy you both liked them.

  7. Jacinthe
    June 28, 2013

    Do you have the weight measurement for the chocolate, I can only get dark chocolate in the form of a bar making it hard to place in a cup. I stated to use weight for baking and it is more accurate and easier to divide or multiply the recipe.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      July 1, 2013

      It will be about 9 ounces. Enjoy!

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  9. Lauren
    April 17, 2015

    I cannot find coconut flour. Can I subsitute a Gluten free all purpose baking mix? I have that at home. Thanks!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      June 9, 2015

      Unfortunately Lauren coconut flour is unlike any other flour, the ratio of liquid to flour is way off…you can purchase coconut flour online on Amazon if it’s not available in your area. If not you may want to choose another recipe…
      xo,
      Carol

  10. Beth
    June 19, 2015

    I don’t think I can get the sunbutter in my country, can I use organic smooth peanut butter instead or is it the wrong consistency? Never used sunbutter before so I have no idea what it is like! Thanks!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      July 24, 2015

      Hi Beth, Yea that’s perfectly fine! xo, Carol

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  14. re
    July 27, 2016

    do you have the estimated nutrition information for these bars?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      July 28, 2016

      Hello, I don’t unfortunately. In a lot of my recipes I have optional substitutions for dairy or sugar etc, so I don’t give nutritional information just in case a substitution is made, because then it would be inaccurate. Sorry!
      You can always google it and find calculators that specifically do that.
      xo,
      Carol

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  16. September 22, 2017

    You have to be careful with some of these ingredients. I’ve had trouble with dates and flaked coconut can also have gluten.

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